The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday, has approved the procurement of regulatory equipment in the Nigerian telecommunications sector to tackle criminal activities.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami made this known while speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The approval of the new regulatory system is expected to support the country in addressing the menace of insecurity in the country, among others.
Pantami explained that deployment of the system would specifically help to monitor, detect and block Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards and fight what he called “voice traffic termination fraud.”
“I am here to present two memos approved by the Federal Executive Council. And these two memos are to be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission.
“The first memo that has been approved by the Federal Executive Council is for the deployment of regulatory systems in the telecommunications industry, which is to be implemented by the NCC.
“These regulatory systems have two components. Component number one is the deployment of a regulatory system to monitor, detect and block SIM box traffic. This is the first one and it is going to be implemented at the cost of N804,122, 897.50 by the NCC.
“This deployment of the system to monitor, detect and block SIM is to fight what we called voice traffic termination fraught. What the two systems will do is to support our country in two major ways in addition to many others,” he said.
Pantami further disclosed that FEC approved the distribution of 6,000 e-pad mobile devices by the NCC to tertiary institutions across the country.
“In this phase of President Buhari’s intervention, an approval has been granted to the NCC at today’s cabinet meeting to distribute 6,000 e-pad mobile devices to institutions of higher learning.
“In the northern parts of the country, 2400 of such devices will be distributed; the same number for the southern parts.
“A special allocation will be made for Abuja and Lagos where both of them will share the remaining 120 units of devices.’’ he added.
Pantami also described the recent drop in the number of internet users in the country as a blessing in disguise.